With a demanding job, home schooling whilst working, scaremongering in the media, social media negativity, a crumbling economy and a extremely contagious virus to contend with, it can be pretty difficult to keep calm most days.
Covid-19 took the world by surprise, altering the fabric of every single person in the world’s lives and in most cases, not for the better. However this can be hopefully be overcome by the help of some clever scientists and our “normal” lives could return in the not so distant future.
While we plod on through this crisis, it is important to keep positive physical and mental health to see us through to the other side. That’s why we’ve put together a few tips to help you do just that.
Your Body is Stronger Than You Think
Know that your body is a fighter. We come in to contact with over 60,000 germs a day so your body is equipped with guerilla warfare antibodies to fight and learn diseases.
Take advice from known sources. It’s easy to forget, the media relies on shocking headlines to sell stories and encourage you to click their website. Stick to credible advice from sources such as Gov.UK and NHS who have the most up to date, reliable information. Avoid fake news from sources that come from sites circulated around social media.
And don’t forget to make time to exercise – maintaining your physical wellness is just as important as your mind.
Be Thankful For Water
Millions of people around the world don’t have access to clean water. You are lucky to have access to water so use it. Drink 8 glasses of water a day and wash your hands regularly.
Join a Community
Do a quick search online and you can easily find communities of like minded individuals, all who are looking for a space to be themselves. We love Barre Balance which provides a fun work out to strengthen and tone your body while restoring mind and body balance. It’s the perfect solution to maintain your physical and mental health all in one go.
You may be familiar with the phrase ‘woosa’, known for its calming effect on Martin Lawrence playing Marcus alongside Will Smith. The point is, when you feel overwhelmed, learn calming techniques through YouTube tutorials that will help you not only through Covid anxiety, but also in other parts of your life when it becomes stressful.
Maintain a Healthy Diet
Maintaining a healthy diet will provide you with a good immune system which is just what you need to fight off most illnesses. Make sure your food is packed with all the vitamins and minerals you need to stay healthy.
- Vitamin C: Can shorten cold-like symptoms but will not stop an infection. These items are oranges, kiwi fruits, red peppers, grapefruit, spinach, cauliflower, brussel sprouts and organ meats.
- Mediterranean diet: You know what it is…a colourful plate. The best way to have essential nutrients to fight off bugs is by including antioxidants and anti-inflammatory fruit and vegetables. Try the colours of the rainbow to be effective in this approach.
- Echinacea: A herb found to reduce respiratory infections in children called A. Vogel Echina force drops. There are lots of different variations of this herb. So being accurate and buying from a trusted source is essential.
- Vitamin D: A study found 11 percent of people from 11,000 across 14 countries had a reduced rate of respiratory infections when consuming vitamin D supplements. The UK sees a high number of people with deficiencies. So ensuring you take them on time is important.
- Zinc: As it is not produced naturally, we need to include this in our diets. The best way to inherit this is through sourdough bread, lean beef, cheese and yoghurt.
Connect with Family & Friends
If you are in an area of lockdown, be grateful that you have the means to communicate with loved ones easily and frequently. During World War 1 & 2, loved ones wouldn’t see or speak to each for months, adding a little perspective to the situation will make you thankful for what you do have.
Skype, Zoom, WhatsApp are all free and easy to use, so you don’t really have any excuses not to stay connected.
Learn a new skill that might boost your career or enhance your knowledge. Be bold and start that small business which you’ve always wanted to. Dig out books that you’ve never got around to reading. And if all that requires too much effort, a Netflix binging session never hurt anybody.
Plan For your Future Career
We won’t be in this position forever – we just need to weather the storm. Take the time to plan ahead for your future career. Tailor CVs for jobs or companies you’re interested in or practice writing unique cover letters. You can also find plenty of advice online about interviewing should you land one.
Whatever you choose to do, don’t give up. Every cloud has a silver lining. It’s just a matter of perspective. It is important to look back at any bad experiences in your life and think, how did I overcome them?
Recognise what your triggers are so you can learn to think yourself to a more positive mindset using the points above. If you involve all these steps daily, you will be on track to an easier day.
And remember, if you’re having a bad day, remember tomorrow’s another day.
Some Useful Websites
For medical help, visit NHS
For better mental health, visit Mind.
For help with sleeping, try Calm.
For a positive space to exercise and escape, try Barre Balance.
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